Monday, December 31, 2007

Last day of 2007

Wow, I can't believe 2007 is almost over. Only about 10 more hours to go. We're spending the rest of the day with the kids, heading out to see a movie in a few minutes then going out for dinner. They of course want to stay up until midnight and ring in the new year. I'll leave that up to my hubby. I'll be in bed early since I have to work in the morning.......I've done that the past 5 or so years since no one else ever wants to get up. Yeah, I'm a real party animal! Not.

Have a great night everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2007


What do you think? Does it look like Australia? This is on the wall outside one of the doors at the middle school my daughter goes to. Looks like the concrete is chipping away. We can't enter that door without her saying how much it looks like Australia, she was studying it in Social Studies class so she knows what it looks like! lol So I just had to take a picture. It's only taken me a month to get in on the computer though. The dang wireless phone people turned off my ability to text and send emails when I added my daughter's phone to our plan. I just figured out yesterday what the problem was.

BTW, I've always wanted to visit Australia. Anyone want to join me?

Friday, December 28, 2007

How Cute

I wanted to share a cute little thing I witnessed yesterday. My daughter would probably be quite embarrassed if she knew I noticed.

I was driving a couple of her friends home yesterday morning after they slept over at our house. I dropped off the first one, then to get to the other girl's house we had to pass their "old" elementary school. (They moved on to the middle school this year for 7th grade.) I happened to glance in the rear view mirror as we passed the school and at the same time they both turned and stared kind of longingly at the school. Then they both turned to each other and smiled, turned forward and rode the rest of the way quietly.

Neither of them said a word as they passed but I could tell exactly how they felt.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Good Morning! I want to wish all (4) of my readers a very Merry Christmas!! Again today it will just be the four of us and my mom. We'll spend the day playing with all the new toys. The kids and hubby are playing with the Magnetix iCoaster we got for my daughter right now. I have a couple ipods I have to set up for them and we'll probably watch "A Christmas Story" at least once today. Gotta love the 24 hour marathon on TBS! My oldest wants to sit and watch it from beginning to end. I think she's seen the entire movie but it bits and pieces throughout the years. We're planning to have a turkey dinner tonight.

My brother and niece will be coming down on Thursday for a few days. We will "celebrate" again with him and he's planning to make some more Polish food. Yum! My mother in law is out of town visiting family so we won't see her until the weekend.

Oh, the present I was referring to electric blanket! I know I've mentioned here I'm always cold in the winter. Hubby knows it too. I always complain about getting into an ice cold bed at night. Now it will be REALLY hard to get me out of in come morning!

Better be going, I'm being summoned for ipod and cell phone help! Yup, got my oldest a phone. She's one happy camper!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Santa Claus comes tonight

The night the kids have been waiting for. I can't believe it's Christmas again already! Time sure flies. We usually spend Christmas Eve at home with my mom. We go to mass in the afternoon and then come home and have Kapusta (polish cabbage soup). We've had that on Christmas eve as long as I can remember. Then we build a fire, open gifts and track Santa online at

For as long as I can remember I've loved to try to guess what's in my presents. It drives me bonkers not knowing what they are! I have one sitting here now in front of me from hubby that I have no clue on. I didn't think he was going to get me anything since he let me buy a certain Rick Springfield book. Now it's driving me nuts to know what's in there. He said it was something I needed, but I can't think of anything that I need in that big of a box. So I asked if it was something I knew I needed or something he thought I needed and I might get insulted. LOL He said I would not be insulted. Then my youngest told me she wanted it. Hmm? Something I need that she wants. Now I'm really curious!

Hope everyone has a wonderful night!

Monday, December 17, 2007

I'm losing it

Geez. As if it's not hard enough already to get my youngest in the shower, she tells me today that her teacher told them lice prefer clean hair so she shouldn't shower. Nice try. Get in there! I know that is true but you're not getting out of showering.

I'm losing my mind lately too.........well, I think it's been going on for quite some time! Between yesterday and today I realized there were 4 bills I almost didn't pay. I get most of my statements by email and pay online. For some reason I either missed or skipped over these four. Luckily 3 of them were due today or later this week. One was Friday but I payed it yesterday. I hope I got it in time to avoid the late fee. Crossing fingers. I get so pissed at myself when I do stuff like that!

Just over a week until Christmas. Is everybody ready? I have a couple things to pick up this week then I need to get wrapping. I tried to spruce up my blog for the holidays with a Christmas layout I found, but I quickly realized I didn't know what I was doing. So it's staying as is for now. I thought I lost everything because it all went back to the default settings. I went to start over and put things back the way they were and luckily it all came back when I set it back to this template. Whew!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Don't wait until the last minute!

I've used that line on my kids I don't know how many times. I should have known it would come back to bite me in the a$$ eventually. For some reason unknown to me I decided to join a cookie exchange a few people are doing at work. I'm not much of a baker.

So, I decided on what I was going to make and got all the ingredients this past weekend and decided I was going to make them late yesterday afternoon after my hubby went to work. Well, it was a recipe I had never done before so that should have been my first clue. Long story short, they turned out terrible! The bottoms are burned and they are as dry as the Sahara desert. I cooked them according to the recipe but I think it's way too long. Even my second batch that I shortened the time on were bad. My oldest came home toward the end of the fiasco and wanted to try one. Sure, at your own risk! We decide they were gross and she asked "When are these due?". "Um, tomorrow. " I said. Here it comes......"Mom, you always say don't wait to the last minute!" Doh!

Yup, lesson learned. So next time one of 4 things will happen.
1. I will give myself more time to prepare cookies.
2. I will use a recipe I have made before that I know I can make.
3. I will get hubby to make them. (He's a much better cook/baker)

OR (and this is the option I like best)
4. I will NOT even join the freakin' exchange in the first place!
What the hell was I thinking anyway??

I would now like to wish a Happy Birthday to my bestest Rick bud! Hope you have a great day and may the coming year be better than ever!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Holy White Stuff, Batman!!

Well, the kids got off of school today because they were expecting ice storms. Which I was kind of glad about, because that meant after school stuff is cancelled too so I don't have to go driving around in this crap tonight. I also got to cancel an appointment I didn't want to have to drive to either so that was nice.

We aren't getting so much ice in our area but man are we getting the snow! This is insane. It's only the 11th of December, not even winter yet and we have had so much snow we almost have nowhere to go with it. Our driveway entrance seems to be getting more narrow every time it snows. We've already been out shoveling today........TWICE and it's looking like it could use it again. Hubby said he'll get at it after work tonight. I came in this last time and my hair was soaked! I looked like I had just showered. I took a couple pics while out with the kids this morning. The pile by our front porch is almost as tall as my 8 yr. old. It's even higher now that we've been out again.

Our bare trees in the front yard.

You can see the top of the base of the lamp post in this last pic. Now those piles are at least a couple inches higher and you can't see that part at all.

And yes, for those that watched it, I now have that snoopy song from yesterday's post stuck in my head too!! Sorry.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Who didn't want one of these as a kid?

My mom and I saw some at Walmart today and she still wouldn't buy me one! From what I can find online they originally came out in 1979 so I would have been 9.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Half Way There

Well, we went and got our Christmas tree yesterday. It was frozen and had a bunch of snow on it so we left it in the garage overnight to warm up a little and brought it in today. Now it just needs decorating! Not sure when that will happen.

We also got a portion of our outside lights up. We usually put icicle lights all across the front of our house and up on the two peaks we have in the front. But since the snow came before hubby got out there this year looks like we're just doing a partial job above the garage and porch. Looks kind of sad compared to what we usually do. That's it, I told hubby next year he's putting them out on the 4th of July! My daughter is excited though because we have a couple light up penguins on the front porch! Those are new this year. If we just keep adding each year eventually we'll have a Griswold family house! LOL

I'm anxious to get my Christmas cards out but I'm waiting for some prints from snapfish and they are taking forever!! I participate in an exchange with other Rick Springfield fans and I want to get those out but can't yet. This year I also took a cute pic of the kids I want to put in the family/friends cards so those can't go out yet either!

Man am I out of shape. My daughter was the only one of 3 in her tennis lesson to show up yesterday so the coach had me grab a racket to play too. I should do it more often, I couldn't keep up with her (the coach) and she's probably in her 60's. She had taught two lessons before ours and had two more to go later in the afternoon. Now my arm is sore today!

Time to go catch Amazing Race! Later,

Thursday, December 6, 2007

My nose is hot

Yes, hot. Not cold. And no,not mine. My daughter's. That's her latest in her long list of excuses as to why she can't sleep and is up out of bed. Don't ask me what it means. I just told her not to cover it with her blanket and go back to bed. Almost every night there seems to be some reason she needs to get up within minutes of being tucked in. I think she's afraid she's missing out on all the excitement that goes on after she goes to bed.
Yeah, because all the fun stuff happens while she's sleeping.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Movie Night

I'm such a bad blogger! Here it is Wednesday and I'm just talking about the movie we watched on Saturday! It was the first night in a while that we were all home and my hubby wasn't working overtime. So we had some snacks and popped some popcorn and all watched a movie together. We had a little scuffle right before the movie, but I smoothed that over and we all had a nice night together.

The flick for the night was "Night At The Museum". For some reason I had it in my head that it was going to be a little scary and kept asking if it was gonna be OK for the kids to watch. It wasn't scary at all. In fact it was quite funny, a very cute movie. But then it was Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson! I don't think I've seen a movie with the two of them that wasn't funny. The kids both loved it. Two thumbs up from them. In fact the next day they were asking when they could watch again. We got it from Netflix and still have it, so we plan to pop it in one more time before returning it.

We've gotten another snow fall since I blogged about shoveling. Just great! Our snow blower is dead so we're going to get a ton of snow now. And it's not bad enough that I have to shovel at home, I have to do it at work too. Remind me why I live in Wisconsin! I don't know if we're going to be able to get the Christmas lights up anytime soon with all the snow in the way now.

St. Nick comes tonight. My daughter put stockings out for the fish and the hermit crab. What the heck is he gonna leave for them??

Sunday, December 2, 2007

I'm gonna be stiff tomorrow

Ugh, we had our first measurable snow fall of the season (we had just a dusting the night before Thanksgiving). Our snow blower has seen better days so time to get out the shovels. Nice wet packing snow out there, man was that $hit heavy!! My oldest and I were out there for about an hour and it barely looked like we touched it. Hubby and my other daughter finished up when they got home from running some errands. Winter is definitely not one favorite seasons!

Have a great night!